Cambo climbs in the world rankings

BY NZ Golf | 29 Jan 2013

Michael Campbell’s resurgence in form has been reflected in the world rankings with the 43-year-old climbing almost 700 places in a two year period.

The former US Open champion, who during his career slump fell outside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 900 after injury problems and a loss of form, has climbed to 264 in the world as the New Zealand No.2.

It is a fine comeback for Campbell who has finished tied 17th and 16th in his first two tournaments on the European Tour in 2013 to be 45th on the Race to Dubai Standings.

At his peak, following the US Open win of 2005, Campbell was ranked at No.13 in the world but he is making significant strides to getting back to his best form.

Danny Lee, who will begin his Web.com Tour season on February 18, remains the New Zealand No.1 in 240th place.

Lee, who missed out on his card for the 2013 PGA Tour season by one shot, managed to prequalify for the season opening Sony Open where he finished in a share of 13th place.

Michael Hendry is the third highest ranked Kiwi golfer and is ranked 272 in the world.

The North Harbour professional, who finished fourth at the Heritage Classic on the PGA Tour of Australasia on the weekend, only one shot off the playoff, is preparing to defend his NZPGA title at The Hills in four weeks’ time.

The 33-year-old has secured a full card on the Japan Golf Tour in 2013 and will play alongside David Smail who has kept his card in Japan for an incredible 15 consecutive years.

Smail is the New Zealand No.4 and currently ranked 347 in the world ahead of Mark Brown who is ranked 369 on the Official rankings to round out the Kiwi top five.

New Zealand Men Official World Golf Rankings
1.Danny Lee (240)
2.Michael Campbell (264)
3.Michael Hendry (272)
4.David Smail (347)
5.Mark Brown (369)
6.Gareth Paddison (488)
7.Steven Alker (622)
8.Josh Geary (740)
9.Tim Wilkinson (747)
10.Ryan Fox (753)

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